Welcome to Chestnut
What are we learning in Chestnut class?
This term we are on a Journey of Discovery, travelling all the way back to Ancient Greece.
We will encounter a range of Greek Myths, building on what we are learning week by week. We start with Pandora's Box - the Ancient Greek creation story and then find out about Icarus and Daedalus. Alongside this, art lessons include a feather sketch, layering and overlapping of feathers in wings and a sunset painting - all influenced by themes from the story. Then we look at the Labyrinth that Daedalus designed, which houses the man-eating Minotaur in the myth Theseus and the Minotaur. In term 4, we return by looking at the 12 Labours of Heracles (Hercules in Roman/Disney versions!) before finishing with Aesop's Fables. All of our main stories will be learned in the style of Talk for Writing, in which the children internalise the simple text structure before unpicking the text on a deeper level in order to improve their own writing. Using Theseus and the Minotaur, the children will create their own mythical beasts and describe their appearance and the fateful battle in the depths of the Labyrinth.
We will be reading Who Let The Gods Out? by Maz Evans as our accompanying text and answering VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise) questions about extracts.
How do we learn in Chestnut class?
By taking risks – we all learn by making mistakes, trying hard and keeping going even when things are challenging. We are reciprocal learners, helping each other and ourselves to move forwards by asking questions and offering clear, thoughtful explanations. Help us foster the “I can’t do it … yet” attitude by celebrating our efforts.
How can I help my child in Chestnut class?
Read together: listen to your child read or talk to them about what they have read. The children of Chestnut class are trying to use their Reading Records as a log of all the great books they have enjoyed, encourage them to use the Reading Record or write in it together. Read to your child, read with them, read in front of them, share books or magazines, read recipes or game instructions or directions - anything counts.
Home spellings: your child will have words to learn based on our teaching sessions and focus in class. Write the words out as a pyramid, draw a picture around the word, stick the words on Post-its around the house, try rainbow writing with lots of colours, draw around the word to show the shape – be sure to share any creative ideas.
Develop confidence in learning: ask your child what they are really proud of today, what they have tried really hard at and what they have used to help them learn.
Journeys of Discovery
Your Chestnut FONS Representative:
If you would like to know more about FONS, our events and how you can help us, then please speak to your class representative - Jacqui Wilmshurst